I understand why some people are disappointed with Bali. The touristy, over-developed, and traffic-clogged beach towns in the south aren’t quite the tropical paradise they were expecting. We felt the same at first and haven’t had particularly good experiences outside of our beloved Ubud.
It’s perilously close to Australia, although the majority of my countrymen never venture far from the overcrowded beaches of Kuta, Bali when they do make the journey across.
I speak, of course, about Indonesia – a criminally underrated and oft overlooked destination whose thousands of islands offer up something for everybody.
With significantly fewer tourists and less commercially developed areas, Lombok offers adventurers a far more peaceful travel experience.